Survivor and PulsePoint Spokesman, Joe Farrell
One of the strongest proponents of the app is PulsePoint Foundation member Joe Farrell. He saved a life by performing bystander CPR on a victim suffering sudden cardiac arrest at a golf course in 2007. A year later he became a victim himself, and was saved by a track coach after collapsing at a dinner party. He credits his survival and brain recovery to the bystander who used CPR, the use of an AED by paramedics, and the therapeutic hypothermia he received at the hospital – a procedure that had just been implemented.
“I was one of the lucky ones – I went home with a defibrillator in my chest instead of in a box,” he said.
Farrell is especially able to appreciate the value of brain recovery, he said, because as a physical therapist, he has treated patients with reduced brain function. “Those with brain damage can require 24-hour care,” he said. Aside from the issues of life quality, preventing brain damage could save billions per year in care costs, he suggests.
Since his recovery, Farrell and his wife have been advocates of public CPR training, quick access to AEDs and all the SCA related technologies. They serve on the HeartSafe Committee of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, which has trained over 4.500 citizens in CPR and AED use in two years.
In addition to working toward getting agencies and districts onboard with the PulsePoint app, and then toward helping agencies with training and education, Farrell’s role on the board involves raising money to continue the development of the app and free availability.
“As a survivor – there aren’t a lot of us around,” he said. “I’m hoping in the coming years there are more of us.”
Since its debut the PulsePoint app has received numerous awards from groups including the American Heart Association (AHA); International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA); VITA; Computerworld; IADAS; and the Telly Awards for its PSA. Additionally, Chief Price was invited to present the app at the White House’s “Safety Datapalooza” event in September.
Downloading the App
Entering the Cardiac Science AED Giveaway